Teaching is a two-way street for Anne in Alice Springs
Three times a week, Anne welcomes a group of students to STEPS Education and Training in Alice Springs.
The students travel from the outskirts of Alice Springs, from a quiet property that stretches out for five hectares, for many years the property has been “a place of health, hope and healing” for Indigenous people.
The Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programmes Unit (CAAAPU) is a residential treatment centre that offers counselling, treatment services and a safe place for people to heal on their journey of recovery.
Anne is a STEPS SEE Trainer and works with the men at CAAAPU, developing skills in language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy.
She said she loves teaching and making a positive impact in the community.
“Some days are typical, and other days are not, for me this variation is a good thing.
“To start the day, I’ll make the students a cuppa while we talk about their needs and goals.
“I try to be flexible when teaching and like to add some fun and laughter to the classes,” she said
Anne has previously worked supporting international women who face significant barriers including education and said there should be no barrier to learning.
“Everyone has a right to education and a fresh start in life, regardless of the past.
“I am passionate about equality for all.
“That includes celebrating the diversity of cultural and religion and making sure that people from all social economic backgrounds get equal opportunities.”
Anne said her favourite part of her job is providing support for the men at CAAPPU as they build skills for their future.
“I am fortunate to have enjoyed teaching at different levels in various educational institutions.
“I am blessed to be in a position where I can provide training to students with a view of supporting them to have a better future,” she said.
Teaching is a two-way street for Anne, it’s not just about what she can teach but what she can learn.
“I enjoy communicating with students and imparting knowledge and hearing the students’ stories, they are a wealth of knowledge.”
The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment